Business Wellness Council

The College of Physicians of Philadelphia established a Business Wellness Council to facilitate health and wellness initiatives among area businesses. The Council will target locally-based corporate staff engaged in Human Resources, Corporate Wellness Programs and Communications. The Council provides programs, trainings and networking opportunities to support corporate wellness initiatives that promote healthy behaviors and improve the health and lives of their employees.

Join the College’s Wellness Business Council to learn more about tobacco cessation, nutrition, and physical activity reforms in the workplace. The College is offering employers and their health and wellness team education, networking and employer wellness resource support to create a healthier work environment. Contact us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to join our mailing list for these events.

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Past Business Wellness Council Events

Bring Healthy Eating & Active Living to Your Office!

Help your workforce make healthier choices at the vending machine and in the meeting room. Help them exercise more during the work day. Our speakers will discuss creating a healthier workplace culture. We will cover healthy meeting and vending policies that will get your employees on the right track to eating healthy, ways to implement a stairwell campaign, and a demonstration of exercises that can be done at your desk.


Alice Dommert, Deliver Me Yoga
Deliver Me Yoga, Organizational Wellness through Yoga, Meditation and Massage
Debbie Hornor, American Heart Association, Community Obesity Policy Manager, Office of State Advocacy, National Advocacy Department
American Heart Association Worksite Wellness Policy Statement
American Heart Association Healthy Vending Standards
American Heart Association Procurement Standards for the Workplace
American Heart Association "Life's Simple 7" Form
Allison Kulak, American Cancer Society, Corporate Wellness Specialist, East Central Division
American Cancer Society Meeting Well Guide Book
American Cancer Society Workplace Solutions
Mary Jane Williams, Take the Stairs! Campaign, Wellness Coordinator, Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Division Boston Public Health Commission.
Take The Stairs 1010 Campaign Presentation
Take The Stairs Resource Packet
Take The Stairs Hospital Progress Report

Made possible by funding from the Department of Health and Human Services and Get Healthy Philly, an initiative of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health: Working Together for a Healthy, Active, and Smoke-Free City.

Health as a Business Strategy

How are we going to be successful in this increasingly competitive world without a healthy and high performing workplace and workforce? Dee W. Edington, PhD, Director Health Management Research Center, School of Kinesiology, University of Michigan, answered that question and more at the College’s Business Wellness Council Kickoff Event on February 15th. Click here for the entire presentation.

Clear the Air: How to Reduce Tobacco Use & Smoking in the Workplace | April 22, 2011

Panel of experts:

  • Frank T. Leone, MD, MS, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; Director, Comprehensive Smoking Treatment Program, University of Pennsylvania Health System
  • Richard Snyder, MD, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Independence Blue Cross
  • Robert Zimmel, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network
  • Moderator: Walter H. Tsou, MD, MPH, FCPP

Overarching Themes:

  • Nicotine as an addictive substance can affect a person’s instincts including feelings of safety and security.
  • Cessation initiatives should use existing motivators while also identifying an individual’s personal disincentives in order to address the whole issue.
  • A Smoke or Tobacco free policy may not succeed in getting employees to quit but it will reduce the amount of time per day they can spend smoking.
  • Health insurance costs show no sign of slowing their double digit increases.
  • Many insurers offer smoking cessation reimbursements, however they are underutilized.
  • From a major hospital that has gone tobacco free: it is worth doing if you want a healthy workforce, to set a standard as a health provider, and save money.

Summary of talks.